Rabbi Nosson Scherman is an American Chareidi Orthodox rabbi best known as the general editor for ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey. He started in public school and went to Yeshiva Torah Vodaas as a dormitory student at the age of about ten years. Afterwards, he studied in Beth Medrash Elyon in Spring Valley, New York. He later was a rebbi for eight years in Torah V'Daas of Flatbush, later known as Yeshiva Torah Temimah. Afterwards, he was a principal in Stolin for six years.
Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz asked him to found/join ArtScroll in 1976 since Rabbi Scherman was known as someone who could write copy. He did this as a side job while he worked as a principal. He later joined ArtScroll full time. He contributed translations and commentaries for ArtScroll's Stone Chumash, the ArtScroll Siddurim and Machzorim, and the Stone Tanach. He served as general editor of the 73-volume translation Schottenstein edition of the Talmud from 1990 until 2005.
Rabbi Scherman attributes his strong English language skills to:
- the stronger general-studies departments that Yeshivos had when he was a student.
- his correspondence with two out-of-town high school classmates. "During the summers we used to write letters. Does anyone correspond today? We wrote to each other — that helped. We tried to outdo each other; we were big-shot teenagers. The only way to learn how to write is to write."